Mindfulness and Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is taking place right now, up until Sunday 14th of May. The event is coordinated by the Mental Health Foundation and this year’s theme is “Surviving or Thriving”.
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It is estimated that mental health issues affect around two thirds of the population, with many suffering in silence
All over the country, many will be hosting events and talks in a bid to connect up members of the community and talk about mental well-being.
To make our own contribution, elliotshill are running an Introduction to Mindfulness course, which starts at our Haverfordwest office next week. The course run by Jo Swift lasts for 6 weeks, and will be on Thursday evenings starting on the 18th of May, from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we pay attention, on purpose, to the present moment, without judgement. Whilst it cannot eliminate life’s pressures, it can be a good way to help people deal with them in a calmer manner that is beneficial to overall well-being.
Studies have found that mindfulness programmes, where participants are taught mindfulness practices across a series of weeks, can bring about reductions in stress and improvements in mood. It seems that everybody can benefit physically, emotionally and mentally from learning mindfulness techniques. It can contribute to greater peace of mind, better sleep and more productivity at work, as well as to feeling happier or to having better relationships with others.
Mindfulness is scientifically proven to improve a range of mental health conditions and is now widely used in the NHS and in schools.
There are then clear benefits of mindfulness for mental health issues, and this matches up well with this week’s mental health awareness.
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